National / International News

National / International News

From gangs to God: In Ciudad Juarez, youth express hopes for papal visit

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (CNS) — Esteban Alanis, 23, once ran with a local gang known as "Los Parqueros," which would accost people for their cash and cellphones in a working-class neighborhood of southeast Ciudad Juarez. He called the crimes "easy money," while gang activities offered a sense of belonging and an adolescence of parties, girls, and underage drinking.

Relics of St. Padre Pio, St. Leopold arrive in Rome for jubilee

ROME (CNS) — Thousands of people waited hours outside a Rome church to catch a glimpse of the mortal remains of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic, two Capuchins popular as miracle workers and known particularly for the long hours they would spend hearing confessions.

God wants to save you; will you let Him? pope asks

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God doesn't want to condemn anyone; He wants to save every person in the entire world, Pope Francis said. "The problem is letting Him enter one's heart" to transform one's life, the pope said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Feb. 3.